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Derek Brownlee (born 10 August 1974) is a Scottish accountant and politician, who is a former Conservative Member of the Scottish Parliament for the South of Scotland region 2005–2011.

Derek Brownlee
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for South of Scotland
In office
17 June 2005 – 22 March 2011
Preceded byDavid Mundell
Personal details
Born (1974-08-10) 10 August 1974 (age 44)
Political partyScottish Conservative Party
Alma materUniversity of Aberdeen



Brownlee grew up in Selkirk, Scottish Borders and went to Selkirk High School. He graduated in Scots Law LLB (Hons) from the University of Aberdeen in 1996, and then trained as a Chartered Accountant.

Brownlee worked as a chartered accountant at Ernst & Young 1996–2002, Institute of Directors 2002–2004 and Deloitte 2004–2005.

Political careerEdit

In the 2003 Scottish parliament election Brownlee stood as the Conservative candidate in Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale constituency, finishing fourth but within 1,500 votes of winning the seat.

He became an MSP on 17 April 2005, following David Mundell resigning his regional seat at Holyrood following his election as MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale constituency in the 2005 General Election.[1][2] Brownlee was next on the Conservative's list for the South of Scotland region.[2] Brownlee was appointed the Conservative's finance spokesman in Holyrood in July 2005, replacing Annabel Goldie who became the party's leader in Scotland.

Brownlee stood at the Holyrood elections of 2007, contesting the Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale constituency, coming third - pushing the Labour candidate into fourth place. He was again elected as an additional member for the South of Scotland region. After the 2007 election, Brownlee was a member of the Scottish Parliament's Finance Committee and a substitute member of the Scottish Commission for Public Audit.[3]

In 2010 Brownlee was selected by the East Lothian Conservative Party as their candidate for the East Lothian at the 2011 Holyrood Election.[4] Brownlee was placed at the top of the Conservatives' South Scotland list after a ballot of party members. At the 2011 election, the Conservatives took three constituency seats in the region but no regional seats and Brownlee failed to be re-elected.


  1. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 2: Derek Brownlee". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Tory MSP takes place in chamber". BBC News. 22 June 2005.
  3. ^ "Previous MSPs: Session 3: Derek Brownlee". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Brownlee and Berry for poll". East Lothian Courier. 12 August 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2016.

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